Good Vibrations

Prose poem for Rob and Susie

At Jardim do Mar, west of the point, the surf was up, breakers moving from right to left across the bay. A fine mist swirled on the raised esplanade from where I looked down on six surfers as they pushed out to sea. At Fistral they were always specks in the distance so that here for the first time I was able to watch their technique: catching the wave a little ahead of where it was breaking, travelling along and in front until the board began to slow, steering back up the wave for a second surge. One surfer managed three spurts which carried him a hundred yards towards the point. I was reminded of ‘overwhelming’, the manner in which being is described as reaching beings, shaking them with the majesty of its arrival. How did the bookish Heidegger come up with a description like that? Skiing and she-ing, I suppose, although possibly not in that order.

Published by davidcookpoet

I am a husband, father and grandfather. I retired from a busy working life as an adult psychiatrist in 2014. My interests are in literature, philosophy, modern jazz and horse racing. I might represent those four fields by Shakespeare, Kant, Charlie Parker and Lester Piggott. Like nearly all of us, I can identify a number of formative experiences, one of which was a psychotic episode in my first year as a psychiatrist. This reinforced an already established interest in mystical experience, and a sense of how little human beings know. My intellectual bugbear is reductive materialism, and I am surprised at the lack of moral imagination of those who promulgate such views. It seems to me they need to consider ,perhaps by exposure, just why totalitarianism is so horrific.

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